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Ziltoid
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T400 random reboot + hard drive initialization error after changing hard drive

Hi,

 

I bought my ThinkPad T400 (2767wc8) a little less than year ago and have been running it since with Windows 7. Everything worked fine until I decided to install a bigger hard drive. The old one was Seagate 250GB 5400.4, so I thought it would be safest bet to go with another Seagate and bought 500GB 5400.6. Installed Windows 7 64-bit on it and all the necessary drivers from Lenovo. Otherwise no errors or anything but now and then (many times a day) the computer just randomly reboots and gives 2100: hard drive initialization error when trying to boot and keeps repeating the error until I shut down the computer and start up again. Then it boots normally.

 

I looked in event logger and found no error concerning the hard drive.

 

I tried Lenovo's hard drive firmware update CD (newest version, http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-63685 ) but it said there's no need to update the firmware and would not do anything. My firmware is 0001SDM1 and the one on Lenovo's CD is 0008LVM1. BIOS is the newest version 3.09. Active Protection works fine.

 

edit: I think installing the firmware would solve the problem, but I can't install it. Is there any way to force it?

 

 

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Re: T400 random reboot + hard drive initialization error after changing hard drive

Hi Ziltoid,


After seeing plenty of posts on this problem I would suggest returning the drive and getting a replacement for it.


http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/quot-Error-2100-Hard-drive-initialization-erro...

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-Tablet-ThinkPad-Laptops/X-61-Type-7762-Tablet-HDD-Initializatio...


http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&client=safari&rls=en&q=+site:forums.lenovo.com+hard+drive+initialization+error&ei=mFgSS72gKYvQtAPTitXBAQ&sa=X&oi=forum_cluster&resnum=1&ct=more-results&ved=0CAwQrQIwAA


Hope it helps.

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Maliha (I don't work for lenovo)
ThinkPads:- T400[Win 7], T60[Win 7], IBM 240[Win XP]

IdeaPad: U350

Apple:- Macbook Air [Snow Leopard]
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Ziltoid
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Re: T400 random reboot + hard drive initialization error after changing hard drive

Hmm... I think it was the Active Protection System afterall. No reboots after I disabled it. Seagate's hard drive has it's own G-force protection, so I think I won't be needing it anyway, so I won't bother to return the drive.

 

(Strange because the reboots happened with the computer in place and when I when I tested the APS function by moving the computer it seemed to work like should and no reboot.)

 

Thanks for the reply tho

jonsedar
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Re: T400 random reboot + hard drive initialization error after changing hard drive

I have the same HDD (Model: ST9500325AS, Serial: 5VE0A9YE, Firmware: 0001SDM1) in my X200 and can confirm that using Active Protection System (APS) gave the same erratic behavious that you found. Further confirmed this by lightly shaking the computer (to activate the APS) and found that this triggered the behaviour. Cheers, Jon

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